Howard Industries faces an uncertain future

More charges could arise at Howard Industries, and a healthy fine could be pending - this time on a state level.

Investigators with the Attorney General's Office are looking into whether Howard Industries violated a new state law last month when nearly 600 illegal immigrants were taken into custody.

The law, which went into effect in July, requires public and private employers to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security E-Verify system to check the immigration status of new workers. If found in violation, Howard Industries could lose its public contract for up to three years and the right to do business in Mississippi for one year.

Company owners could face five years in state prison and a fine up to $10,000.